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No amount of rain will stop Syd's picks - Big Sydney

October 04, 2002|by BIG SYD

OK, what gives with all these games being postponed last week?

Are these teams wearing field hockey skirts now?

This is football, guys. Come on. You're supposed to play in the rain. You're supposed to play in the mud.

I remember back in the day (my attempt at showing some street cred) going into the back yard and playing football in the snow or the rain all day long.

You lived for those kinds of days. That was what playing football was all about.

But now, they postpone games on account of rain? On account of bad field conditions?

Hey, listen up. Syd here has seen a lot of the fields around here, and trust me, a little rain couldn't make conditions any worse on some of them.

And I just want to make sure I'm straight on this - they run cross country in the rain, they play soccer (girls soccer!) in the rain, but they don't play football?

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What's this world coming to? Next thing you know they'll cancel hockey games because of icy conditions.

And I've failed to mention how the postponements affected my picks. I would never have picked Brunswick or Jefferson to win their games if they had originally been scheduled for a Saturday.

How little these administrators know. And, how little they think of me.

I feel a letter-writing campaign coming on.

On with the predictions. Last week 19-7 (.731), season 82-33 (.713).

HIGH SCHOOLS



Francis Scott Key 27, Boonsboro 14: Did FSK have a nickname? Fran, maybe? Scottie? Biff?

Middletown 28, Brunswick 10: Knights break away from the middle of the pack.

Catoctin 34, Smithsburg 19: Leopards spot Cougars two too many scores.

North Hagerstown 29, Williamsport 20: Hubs can't stray from game plan against 'Cats.

South Hagerstown 20, Walkersville 13: No Lion - Rebels stay unbeaten in MVAL.

Fort Hill 26, Hedgesville 17: Sentinels won't be sentimental about beating the Eagles.

Thomas Johnson 23, North Carroll 16: Patriots turn season back in the right direction.

St. John's at Prospect Hall 47, Baltimore Lutheran 18: Unlike Minnesota, these Vikings are having no trouble putting points on the board.

Berkeley Springs 38, Hancock 21: Indians won't budge in grudge match.

Musselman 31, Jefferson 24: A side-r of Applemen we haven't seen this year.

Martinsburg 35, Sherando 19: In relative terms, the Bulldogs get shut down.

Chambersburg 17, Cedar Cliff 13: The Trojans rein in the Colts.

East Pennsboro 40, Greencastle 12: Panthers won't paws while whipping Devils.

Biglerville 38, James Buchanan 17: Rockets' fuse still drying out after last week.

Big Spring 45, Waynesboro 16: Do you need a gondola to get around Big Spring?

Saturday


Linganore 37, Frederick 19: Linganore will be ignored no more.

St. James 32, West Nottingham 15: Saints steal a win from poor West Nottingham.

Blair Academy 47, Mercersburg Academy 27: Sorry, Mrs. Garrett will not be in attendance.

COLLEGES



Shepherd 44, WVU-Tech 13: Would you believe ... Tech coach Mike Springston is the brother of "The Boss," Bruce Springston?

Maryland 27, West Virginia 21: With Downs and Allen, Terps are not down and out.

Penn State 33, Wisconsin 31: No JoePa, it's smile and say 'cheese,' not 'jeez!'

PROS



Redskins 27, Titans 16: Washington gives no quarter-back to Tennessee.

Saints 31, Pittsburgh 17: Saints' 'D' extremely tough on Maddox.

Eagles 30, Jaguars 20: Spelled phonetically, that's Iggles 30, Jagwires 20.

Browns 24, Ravens 14: Cleveland rocks the birds for the third straight time.

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